POPSUGAR: When did you find out Jill would be wearing Markarian on Inauguration Day?
AO: We were so honored to even be considered to design Dr. Biden's Inauguration look. Our entire team was so excited to be a part of this, it felt very energizing. We did not know that she was going to wear it until she walked out that morning, so we were almost just as surprised as everyone else!
"The fact that Dr. Biden chose an emerging American brand shows that she understands the influence her choices can have on American fashion.
PS: What was the aftermath like? Assuming there were a lot of DMs!
AO: I knew there would be a lot of attention on whatever Dr. Biden chose to wear on Inauguration Day, but I never expected it to be to the extent that it was. There was such a huge outpouring of congratulations and well wishes afterwards that felt so heartwarming and encouraging. I truly appreciate every single message I received.
PS: What does it mean to you that in 2021 the First Lady has chosen your brand for this moment in the spotlight?
AO: It is the greatest honor and truly humbling. The fact that Dr. Biden chose an emerging American brand shows that she understands the influence her choices can have on American fashion.